Shows: October 12, 2010

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Fundraising Special: Voices of Dissent
This Tuesday on Asia Pacific Forum, we’ll take you on a little trip through the history of dissent with a two-hour special honoring the legacy of all those who dared to speak out.

Presenting the Verso Book of Dissent

The nightly news cast never fails to highlight Tea Party rallies that invoke the memory of the American Revolution to brand their reactionary politics. It’s high time for activists on the other end of the spectrum to claim their own tradition of resistance, radicalism, and defiance.

Charting rebellion’s history is no small feat, but a new book makes that project easier with a collection of seminal quotes, commentaries, speeches and other writings by famous dissenters, from 1800 BCE on. "From Spartacus to the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad,” the Verso Book of Dissent (co-edited by APF co-producer Andrew Hsiao) traces the arc of the revolutionary past to show readers that the act of speaking truth to power is as old as humanity itself. We're featuring the book as part of our fundraiser. We'll discuss the book with editors Andy Hsiao and Audrea Lim, plus special guests to be announced!

The dense volume, with a preface by Tariq Ali, will be the highlight of our special fundraising edition on Tuesday night.

From John Milton to Helen Keller to W.E.B. Dubois to Public Enemy, the voices are laid out in chronological order. A quick flip will take you from Sojourner Truth’s proclamation of womanhood to Salvador Allende’s farewell speech; drink deep from the lyrics of 2Pac and page back to the radical prescience of the Father of Cuban Independence José Martí.

As a bonus, we’re offering an audio accompaniment, straight from the archives: an exclusive CD featuring quotes from artists and activists featured in the book.

Call in during the show to pledge your support at 212-209-2950.

FBI Raids Hit Political Activists

On September 24th, the FBI raided the homes of activists in Chicago, Minneapolis and other cities, serving at least 16 subpoenas with demands that activists produce emails, pictures and bank records related to their travel abroad. We'll talk to two activists who are involved in challenging the FBI's crackdown on civil liberties grounds.


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Private Surveillance on Activists

On top of the growing threat of FBI raids, grassroots activists now have to contend with a surveillance dragnet operated quietly by corporations. Pennsylvania governor Rendell recently promised to end the state's contract with a private company which, for almost a year, monitored the First Amendment-protected activity of organizations ranging from the the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to the Human Rights Campaign. But across the country, law enforcement personnel have received dozens of bulletins treating activists as potential threats. We'll speak with Rachel Meeropol of the Center for Constitutional Rights about what ongoing government surveillance means for protests and government profiling of activists.


Drone Installed at Central Park

This Friday, Zohra Ahmed will install a life-sized styrofoam and plaster drone near the Columbia Circle entrance to Central Park. The drone is modeled after one of the models relied upon by the US to launch missiles into Pakistan through these unmanned drones.


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